If you plan on being outside this summer, The Children’s Center Pediatric Clinic has some tips on how to protect your child from the sun. Jenny Whisenhunt, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, tells us there are three things to remember.
Tip #1 – A new baby’s skin burns more easily, so try to avoid any sun exposure, especially direct exposure, until he/she is at least 6 months old. If this is not possible, you can apply a small amount of sunscreen that is 15 SPF. As for children over the age of 6 months, it is recommended to use 30-50 SPF. Parents need to apply one ounce to the body every two hours and/or after swimming or sweating.
Tip #2 – Don’t rely on sunscreen alone. The best line of defense against UVR (ultraviolet radiation) exposure is covering up. It is important to wear a hat with a 3 inch brim or with a bill facing forward, sunglasses with 97%-100% protection against both UVA and UVB rays, and wear light clothing, preferably cotton with a tight weave that is breathable.
Tip #3 – Minimize sun exposure during peak hours, which are 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Children’s Center Pediatric Clinic is open to the public. You can schedule your next appointment by calling (405) 440-9866.